Despite the plethora of TV shows and movies that depict scenes of courtroom drama, about 80% of personal injury claims may be settled out of court. These out-of-court settlements are no walk in the park, however. They require intense negotiation between your Atlanta personal injury attorney and insurers. Some insurers will opt for this method because it bypasses lengthy legal proceedings.

While it is possible to reach an agreement regarding an out-of-court settlement without the assistance of an attorney, this will increase the odds that you will be given a settlement that doesn't adequately address your financial needs after an accident.

By hastily agreeing to and signing off on an out-of-court settlement offered without legal advice, you leave yourself open to the risk that it will not include adequate compensation for future medical expenses, any loss of wages, or pain and suffering.

In most cases, out-of-court settlements that are made without legal advice only cover your immediate damages
. Some injuries may take years before the full impact of the injury is discovered, therefore leaving you to pay for future medical treatment on your own. Hence, it is important to keep any hospital bills, receipts and other documents that can be used to validate your Georgia personal injury claim. 

An Atlanta personal injury attorney cannot guarantee the amount of money you receive in an out-of-court settlement. In fact, an ethical attorney will NEVER offer you a guarantee that you will even get a settlement. However, an estimate may be given based on comparison with previous cases and the circumstances of your own case (the type of injuries you suffered, the type of negligence involved, and so on).

To learn more about the basic components you will encounter in a Georgia personal injury claim, visit our article library. 

Contacting an Atlanta Personal Injury Attorney

If you've been injured in an accident in Georgia due to someone else's negligence or carelessness, you have the right to pursue compensation. An experienced Atlanta personal injury attorney at the Law Offices of Sheryl L. Burke can help protect your rights and help you fight for the compensation you deserve. Contact us for a no cost consultation.

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